The Ultimate Guide to Homesteading: An Encyclopedia of Independent Living

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Can you make your own bread (sans bread machine)? Grow a garden all winter? What can you use instead of toilet paper? What if the power went out for a month? What if the grocery store closed? Can you make a solar oven? Store food without electricity? Raise a water buffalo? Make fine linen from stinging nettle? Make your own shampoo? Deliver a baby? Is it possible to be totally self-sufficient? This massive, full-color book answers all these questions and thousands more and ...

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Overview

Can you make your own bread (sans bread machine)? Grow a garden all winter? What can you use instead of toilet paper? What if the power went out for a month? What if the grocery store closed? Can you make a solar oven? Store food without electricity? Raise a water buffalo? Make fine linen from stinging nettle? Make your own shampoo? Deliver a baby? Is it possible to be totally self-sufficient? This massive, full-color book answers all these questions and thousands more and includes checklists, diagrams, and instructions on how to buy a sheep.

All of the information included meets these criteria: It is something that anyone can do, without special training. It can be done with relatively few supplies or with stuff you can make yourself. It has been tried and tested—either by the author, the military, doctors, or other homesteaders.

The Ultimate Guide to Homesteading
is not a storybook or a cookbook. It is a practical guide with nitty-gritty details on everything a homesteader can do, step-by-step with hundreds of color illustrations and pen and ink sketches. You can do it! This book can help.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781616081355
  • Publisher: Skyhorse Publishing
  • Publication date: 3/10/2011
  • Series: Ultimate Guides Series
  • Pages: 608
  • Sales rank: 271,391
  • Product dimensions: 7.00 (w) x 9.90 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Nicole Faires is an adventurer, self-proclaimed eccentric,
wife, and mother of three girls. She grew up in a semi-nomadic homeschooling family and spent her early years in rural Montana on a hobby farm where she raised chickens, grew her own food,
learned to crochet, read out-of-print books by Masanobu Fukuoka,
and dreamed of the Amish. She is the author of The Ultimate Guide to
Homesteading and The Ultimate Guide to Permaculture and continues to seek new adventures and local food with her family in beautiful British Columbia. Follow her on Twitter @NicoleFaires or visit her at www.NicoleFaries.com.
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Table of Contents

Introduction ix

What This Book Is About xi

1 What Is Homesteading? 1

The History of Homesteading 3

Learning From the Past 5

A Few Notes on Intentional Community 8

Homesteading Equipment You Will Need 9

Emergency Kit 15

Food Storage 17

Buying Land and Evaluating Your Location 20

Designing an Efficient Homestead 24

The Cycles of Work 28

Important Info on Chemicals and Toxins 34

2 The Basics 37

Math and Money 39

Tractors and Trucks 42

Automotive Maintenance 44

Getting Water in the Wilderness or at Home 48

Disposing of Your Waste 61

Primitive Heat and Light 61

Modern Convenience and Electricity 77

3 Building Shelter for Man and Animal 99

Temporary and Nomadic Shelter 101

Construction Skills and Making Lumber 108

Building a House From Available Materials 117

Building a Safe Barn and Fence 146

4 Horses and Other Animals 153

Animal Basics and Health 155

Butchering and Animal Burial 160

Draft Horse Care 170

Horse Training and Handling 190

Oxen, Cattle, and Water Buffalo 203

Bees 212

Chickens, Ducks, and Geese 220

Dogs 234

Goats 239

Sheep 247

Rabbits 256

Raising Worms 257

5 The Comforts of Life 259

Making Tools and Farm Equipment 261

Simple Home Forging 263

Making Things From Wood 270

Making Home Necessities 277

Fiber Arts and Clothing 300

Doing Odd Jobs at Home 341

6 Health and Family 365

Beauty and Health 367

Herbal Remedies 374

Illness and Third-World Diseases 397

First Aid 407

Babies and Children on the Homestead 417

Home Education 429

7 Food, Field, and Garden 443

Garden Planning 445

Cultivation 453

Soil Care 457

Growing Environments 468

Basic Plant Care 472

Cultivating Wild Edible Foods 486

Growing and Harvesting Grain 491

Food Preservation 498

Homestead Dictionary 511

Bibliography 547

Index 565

About the Author 585

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  • Posted June 23, 2011

    greatly recommended-especially for emergencies!

    i have just started to read this book, and almost started to highlight certain things, then realized it's a library book, so i am needing to outright buy a copy, so i CAN highlight certain items in it! great, great info for hurricane season, and also for winter in the northern states!
    the only problem, which is very minute, is, the editor must have been a tad sleepy, but other than that, this is a five star book!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 16, 2014

    Good information...

    This work should have been pfoof read better.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 5, 2012

    Choose Wisely

    The Ultimate guide this is not. if you are looking for a few paragraphs on a lot of subjects then this may be your book. If you are looking for actual information, descriptions, diagrams then you need to get Storey's Basic Skills or Country Wisdom and Know How, or John Seymour's book. I found this book to be hugely disappointing and could have written most of blurbs on most of the subjects myself. There is not much depth on any one subject the ones that seemed to get the most print were the sections on Horses, goats and sheep, and homeschooling. Really home schooling? I mean if I wanted a book on the benefits of homeschooling (which I am not against in anyway) she spent 2 pages telling me about several theories of education when I would rather her have taken a few more pages and told about topbar beehives or how to build a rainbarrel collection system, or maybe talked about aquaponics well I digress, I did appreciate the description of how to make lye. If you are going to only buy 1 or 10 books on homesteading, this could be number 11.

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